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It never rains but pours for the UK's five 3G licence "winners". Their roll-out schedules have been thrown into chaos by government bans on rural movement in areas hit by foot and mouth disease (The Times reports). And that's a lot of areas.

The network operators reckon they're still on target to meet original launch deadlines of mid-2002 - they're stepping up the pace of installation of transmitters in town instead.

But what about maintenance of masts in the countryside?
Orange told The Times that problems in accessing a small number of sites had resulted in "'temporary' loss of network coverage in some areas." ®

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